Despite a secret 2008 plea deal precluding such action, the 66-year-old financier, arrested Saturday on sex trafficking charges, is set to appear in federal court today. The earlier agreement ended a serial sexual abuse probe with potential for life imprisonment. Instead, Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges, served a 13-month sentence and reached financial agreements with dozens of underage victims, some as young as 13.
Could political ties protect him? While that’s unclear, Epstein was friends with former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump, and the U.S. attorney who approved his widely criticized settlement, Alexander Acosta, now serves as Trump’s labor secretary.